1/14/2015, St. Elizabeth sees ‘alarming’ jump in heroin ODs

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/beating-heroin/2015/01/14/heroin-spike-st-elizabeth-emergency-heroin-epidemic-northern-kentucky/21771085/

A startling jump in heroin overdoses in Northern Kentucky in December has confounded those closely monitoring the epidemic in the region…

5/2/2014, Marijuana Works Better Than Opiates To Control Pain: Here’s How

http://cannabisnowmagazine.com/cannabis/medical/marijuana-works-better-than-opiates-to-control-pain-heres-how

Medical cannabis, unlike opiates, doesn’t alleviate pain; it alleviates your emotional response to pain. Upon observation, it is recognized that higher THC strains do this more effectively. THC is received in your emotional center (the limbic system), which is what causes the relaxation effect. Marijuana as pain relief? It’s all in the way our brains are hardwired.

Comments:

Andy K September 4, 2014 at 2:09 am

I use a Buprenorphine 52.5mcg/hr patch. The problems with my spine are both permanent and progressive, so the pain caused by these problems is never going to go away or heal up. I have been on this patch for 10 years a 5 months at the time of writing this. I notice no tolerance building up but AM well and truly addicted to the stuff. The only time this becomes a problem is when I forget to put a new patch on…

Glenn M September 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

Andy, Be careful w/ long term buprenorphine. It’s a 10 times better than full against opiates, but there is still hormonal, immune and other side effects. It’s especially wonderful there is no tolerance though, but it’s still poison!! I was on oxycontion and morphine, oxymorphone, etc… for seven years. I got on buprenorphine (Subutex oral) a couple years ago, and am now trying to make the jump to MMJ. So far, so good! i have tapered down to scraps of Subutex. I hope to make the jump in a week or so. Subutex left me with no emotions, no desire, no motivation, to sex drive, no any drive!!!

Steve M May 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Why is it always cannabis OR opioids?

They work wonders together and cannabis doesn’t help everyone.

We don’t need more bashing of opioids in the name of advancing cannabis. All opioid side effects wear off over time (except constipation, which is readily managed with Miralax OTC),it’s a function of tolerance.

Also, (a side note) while THC is helpful, it is important to remember that THC alone is almost worthless for pain relief (otherwise, my Marinol/dronabinol (CIII) would help). High THC is fine, as long as CBD isn’t sacrificed. Also, oral consumption causes rapid, extensive first pass metabolism, which modifies the THC (one of the issues with Marinol/dronabinol when taken as directed).

I think that the most important thing to remember is that CP/IP (chronic/intractable pain) patients are NOT one size fits all.

12/6/2011, UCSF Study Finds Medical Marijuana Could Help Patients Reduce Pain with Opiates

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2011/12/11077/ucsf-study-finds-medical-marijuana-could-help-patients-reduce-pain-opiates

A UCSF study suggests patients with chronic pain may experience greater relief if their doctors add cannabinoids – the main ingredient in cannabis or medical marijuana – to an opiates-only treatment. The findings, from a small-scale study, also suggest that a combined therapy could result in reduced opiate dosages.

More than 76 million Americans suffer from chronic pain – more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to the National Centers for Health Statistics…

In a paper published this month in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, researchers examined the interaction between cannabinoids and opiates in the first human study of its kind. They found the combination of the two components reduced pain more than using opiates alone, similar to results previously found in animal studies.

Major Components of Cannabis

Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC) – It is the main psychoactive component of cannabis with mild to moderate painkilling effects. It also helps treat nausea associate with cancer chemotherapy and to stimulate appetite. It induces feelings of euphoria. Potential side effects include accelerated heartbeat, panic, confusion, anxiety and possible paranoia.

Cannabidiol (CBD) – It is a major, non-psychoactive component of cannabis that helps shrink inflammation and reduce pain without inducing the euphoria effects of THC. It has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, psychotic disorders and epilepsy. Larger amounts of CBD can relax the mind and body without causing negative side effects associated with THC.

Cannabinol (CBN) – It is a secondary psychoactive component of cannabis. It is not associated with painkilling effects of THC or CBD. CBN is formed as THC ages. Unlike the euphoria effects of THC, CBN can induce headaches and a sense of lethargy.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) – It is found primarily in strains of African and Asian cannabis. THCV heightens the intensity of THC effects and the speed in which the component is delivered, but also causes the sense of euphoria to end sooner.

Researchers studied chronic pain patients who were being treated with long-acting morphine or long-acting oxycodone. Their treatment was supplemented with controlled amounts of cannabinoids, inhaled through a vaporizer. The original focus was on whether the opiates’ effectiveness increased, not on whether the cannabinoids helped reduce pain.

“The goal of the study really was to determine if inhalation of cannabis changed the level of the opiates in the bloodstream,” Abrams said. “The way drugs interact, adding cannabis to the chronic dose of opiates could be expected either to increase the plasma level of the opiates or to decrease the plasma level of the opiates or to have no effect. And while we were doing that, we also asked the patients what happened to their pain.”

As a cancer doctor, Abrams was motivated to find safe and effective treatments for chronic pain. Patients in the cannabis-opiates study experienced no major side effects such as nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite…

The study was supported by funds from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

6/11/2014, Could Medical Marijuana Help Stem The Opiate Addiction Crisis?

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/06/medical-marijuana-opiate-addiction

What do you think the addiction industry has to say about cannabis?

“I think it is very, very risky to try to replace one harmful, addictive substance with another harmful, addictive substance, and I think that is not underscored enough when people talk about marijuana,” said Dr. Kevin Hill, an addiction psychiatrist at McLean Hospital.

Let me ask you, Dr. Hill:  How many of your patients do you lose every year to overdose?  Now, ask the same question to a medical marijuana dispensary.

This Scent Will Make You Trust People More, According To Science

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/lavender-trust_n_6471826.html

Previous research on aromatherapy has found that lavender can affect mood and well-being. Lavender essential oil produces a mild calming and sedative affect, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, and has been used to ease anxiety, depression, insomnia and fatigue. One brain-scanning study by Wesleyan University researchers found that participants who sniffed lavender oil before going to bed slept more soundly through the night.